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60 Seconds with MTV's Awkward Star Beau Mirchoff

Beau Mirchoff may have gotten his big break from Desperate Housewives, but MTV has made him a heartthrob to teen girls with its darkly hilarious high school comedy Awkward., which chronicles outcast Jenna's rise to popularity when her classmates think she attempted suicide. (He's just one of the school's dreamiest guys who take notice, but he's the one she's been pining for.) As the show—already renewed for a second season—approaches its first season finale the native Canadian tells us what it's like to work with Housewives, why he doesn't mind being a teenager on the small screen, and what his most awkward high school moment was (hint: hardwood floors reverberate loudly).

DETAILS: You've been playing school stud Matty for a whole season now—you must be experiencing an uptick in attention from young girls.
Beau Mirchoff: It's been really cool. I didn't think anyone would recognize me. It's gratifying because I've been on the other end of things, where people actively hated what I was doing and shunned me. I don't want to say what that project was, but getting turned down at Applebees on Tuesday night was not fun.

DETAILS: Tell us about the finale.
Mirchoff: There's a winter formal dance, and Jenna chooses who she wants to be with. The love triangle comes to an end. Love blossoms, hearts are broken, and there's some teen angst, of course.

DETAILS: You're 22. What made you want to do a teen show?
Mirchoff: From the first page, it was really good. It had been a while since I had read such a funny script. It just has all the elements to make a good show. I think the story's good. I was happy get the job. I thought [playing a 17-year-old] was a little stretch, but I'm happy to have work.

DETAILS: You played Drea de Matteo's son two seasons ago on Desperate Housewives. What's the biggest difference between working on that and on Awkward.?
Mirchoff: A different vibe going on for sure. There's more laughter on this set. But Desperate Housewives was the first job I got since moving out to Los Angeles, so it meant a lot to me. The fans are certainly different. Take the who approaches me about Awkward. and add about 35 years.

DETAILS: What was your most awkward high school experience?
Mirchoff: My dad was the president of the Pee Wee football league. There were hundreds of people in the gymnasium for this board meeting. There was a lull in the discussion as I was sitting down next to my mom on the floor, and the hardwood floors reverberate sound very well. I adjusted myself and I farted. There were these older guys in the back pointing and laughing, and my mom was crying she was laughing so hard. I tried to point at my mom like she had done it, but that didn't work. So I got up and ran out the gym.

DETAILS: What were you like in high school when you were growing up in British Columbia?
Mirchoff: I was similar to Matty in a lot of ways. I was a jock. I acted outside of high school. I missed a lot of school for auditions, but other than that I had a very normal childhood. Matty's outgoing and he's affable, and he's kind-of goofy. He's very similar to me, and I have to say, it's fun playing the popular guy.

— Jennifer Armstrong

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